Adrianus Martin Molendyk lived his life loving and serving the Lord.
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On Nov. 27, 2010, he passed away into the arms of his Savior.
Martin was born on Nov. 28, 1919, in Columbus to Adrianus and Jennie (Poortinga) Molendyk, the first of seven children.
He helped his family farm first on Cherry Creek on the Madison and then in the Bozeman area, until he was called to serve his country during World War II. After stringent training, he served in the infantry as a Ranger in the Philippines, and most of the South Pacific campaign. He was awarded the Medal of Victory and the Bronze Star, ending his military service as a corporal.
On his return, he continued family farming before starting his own log-hauling business, working almost exclusively hauling for Idaho Pole in Bozeman until he retired.
He enjoyed reading Scripture, listening and singing Christian hymns and teaching others the Bible. He was a charter member of Bozeman Christian Reformed Church and Belgrade United Reformed Church. He served many years as an elder in the Bozeman CRC and the Presbyterian Church of America.
Martin also enjoyed family get-togethers and working with his sister, Eva, in their garden at the home place.
Martin was preceded in death by his parents; twin sisters, Esther (Herman) Lindemulder, and Ruth (Don) Jones and the spouses of both; and two nephews.
He is survived by his brothers and their spouses, Pierce (Jess) Molendyk, Irvin (Carol) Molendyk, Edward (Kay) Molendyk; and youngest sister, Eva Molendyk. He is also survived by numerous beloved nieces and nephews and their families.
Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial services will follow at 2 p.m. at Belgrade United Reformed Church.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Dec. 1, 2010